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Junior Seau Suicide? Former NFL Star Reportedly Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

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Linebacker Junior Seau is attended to on the field in Foxborough, Mass., after injuring his arm during their game against the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon , Nov. 26, 2006. The Patriots defeated the Bears 17-13.The 12-time Pro Bowl selection will miss the rest of the season after coming out of a brief retirement to join the Patriots this summer. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Linebacker Junior Seau is attended to on the field in Foxborough, Mass., after injuring his arm during their game against the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon , Nov. 26, 2006. The Patriots defeated the Bears 17-13.The 12-time Pro Bowl selection will miss the rest of the season after coming out of a brief retirement to join the Patriots this summer. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Former NFL star Junior Seau has died in his home in Oceanside, Calif. on Wednesday morning. Shortly after TMZ and News10 initially reported his death of an apparent gunshot wound, both news outlets started investigating a possible suicide.

According to 10News, authorities told a witness that the 43-year-old shot himself. TMZ cited sources saying that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

Later, ESPN's Adam Schefter cited police sources confirming the suicide.

In 2010, Seau drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, Cali shortly after was arrested and released on suspicion of domestic violence. Addressing suspicions at the time, he told police that he wasn't trying to kill himself, claiming that he fell asleep at the wheel.

Seau played in the NFL for 20 years, making the Pro Bowl for 12 straight years from 1991 to 2002. He was named First-Team All-Pro six times and starred on the 1994 San Diego Chargers squad that reached the Super Bowl.

 
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